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A touring and fast commuting bike with a titanium frame and classy looks

The reworked Yukon Disc has just arrived at road.cc from Dutch titanium specialists Van Nicholas. It's a lightweight touring bike that's also suitable for quick commuting.

The Yukon has been a popular model in the Van Nicholas range for years, although this is the first time that we've ever got one in for review here at road.cc.

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The frame is made from 3Al/2.5V titanium with a tapered head tube, a PressFit bottom bracket, and an easy-to-maintain brushed finish.

The fork is full carbon and, like the frame, it takes a thru-axle and a flat mount disc brake.

The welds are very neatly done and, as is always the case with Van Nicholas, the overall look is very tidy.

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You can buy Van Nicholas bikes direct from the brand's website in a suggested standard build, or you can use its online configurator to customise the spec. The default groupset, for example, is Shimano's mid-level 105, but our bike has come fitted with next-level up Shimano Ultegra with Di2 electronic shifting. 

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If you really want to push the boat out, you could go for top-level Dura-Ace or, if you prefer, opt for a SRAM system, maybe a 1x setup. The price and overall weight are automatically adjusted as you go, so you can experiment with various different component choices. 

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You can also adjust your gearing. We have a 52/36-tooth semi-compact chainset here and an 11-34-tooth cassette, although you could choose a compact and a wider-ranging cassette if you're likely to ride with heavy loads, for instance, or if you live in a particularly hilly area. 

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You can also change the crank length, stem length, and handlebar width in order to get the fit you want.

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Our review bike has come with a Shutter Precision SP PL-8X-M dynamo hub with the cabling routed internally through the frame and fork leg. The brake and gear cables are internal too, helping with that clean look.

The dynamo hub is connected to a small yet powerful Supernova E3 Pure 3 LED light that sits centrally and takes up very little handlebar space. 

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You get rack and mudguard mounts, of course, and our review bike has a Tubus rear rack and SKS Bluemels Olympic Racer mudguards.

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The Novatec 30 disc wheelset is fitted with Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tyres in a 28mm width. There's frame clearance for tyres up to 35mm, although you'd have to forego the mudguards in order to fit anything that wide.

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The saddle is a Brook Cambium C17 made from vulcanised natural rubber with an organic cotton top. If that doesn't suit you, various other options are available from Brooks, Fizik, Selle Italia and Van Nicholas.

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You can buy a Van Nicholas Yukon Disc frame and ADX full-carbon fork for €2,099 and a complete bike in a preset Shimano 105 build for €3,499. The build that we have here is €5,527, or £4,725 in sterling. 

Bikes can be ordered directly from the factory and delivered to your nearest dealer, or you can order through your local dealer. 

Our test bike is 57cm large and it weighs 11.15kg which is around 24-and-a-half pounds. Bear in mind that that includes quite a few extras, including the dynamo hub, the lights, mudguards and rack. Factor that lot in and it starts to look like a good weight.

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Now we're going to get this bike out on the road so keep your eyes open for a review on road.cc soon. More info www.vannicholas.com

Mat has in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.